The Strong’s Eighth Annual Play Ball on Friday, October 26

The Strong News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700

October 11, 2018

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

Noelle McElrath-Hart, 585-410-6325,

An Evening for Adults at the Museum!
The Strong’s Eighth Annual Play Ball
on Friday, October 26

Enjoy a night inspired by the classic game of dominoes and explore The Strong museum after hours during its eighth annual fundraising gala for grown-ups only—the Play Ballon Friday, October 26, from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Guests are invited to wear black and white—or go all out and come dressed as a favorite game character or toy. (Costumes are admired, but not required.) This year’s Play Ball will fill the museum with unique entertainment, hands-on activities, and a surprise around every corner.

“Our family embraces play as a physical outlet, a multi-generational pursuit, and a means of connection,” says The Strong’s Board of Trustee Bernard Birnbaum. Birnbaum, along with his family, continue the tradition of a multi-generational model of chairing the Play Ball this year. “Our wish is to see The Strong’s playful resources available to everyone in our community and, with fundraisers like the Play Ball, we can help make that a reality.”

Savor irresistible cuisine and delicious desserts and sip on creative cocktails. Play throughout the museum galleries and enjoy unlimited video game play, rides on the carousel, and journey through Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden.

Also this year, The Strong will welcome master magician and entertainer Steven Brundage to the main stage. Brundage combines original magic tricks with comedy to create a one-of-a-kind performance. He has appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s Today Show and The Steve Harvey Show, and The CW’s Penn and Teller’s Fool Us. In 2016, Brundage also appeared on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Along with performances by Brundage, guests will enjoy featured entertainment from Cirque Gravity, Rochester Institute of Technology’s 8 Beat Measure, and DJ Hogan from BreakThrough Entertainment.

Among the leading sponsors for the Play Ball are Mary Valentine, Wegmans, Birnbaum Companies, Monroe County Planning & Development (COMIDA), Kona Properties, Zimmet Group, LeChase Construction, and Schuler-Haas Electric. The museum will be closed to the public on Friday, October 26 to prepare for the event.

Tickets are $175 per person. Funds raised support the many education and outreach programs provided by The Strong. To purchase tickets for the Play Ball, contact Kylee Fassler, donor engagement and special events manager, at 585-410-6346 or For more information about the Play Ball, visit

About The Strong

The Strong is a highly interactive, collections-based museum devoted to the history and exploration of play. It is one of the largest history museums in the United States and one of the leading museums serving families. The Strong houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play and is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, the Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play. Together, these enable a multifaceted array of research, exhibition, and other interpretive and educational activities that serve a diverse audience of adults, families, children, students, teachers, scholars, collectors, and others around the globe.